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How a Separation or Divorce Affects a Child

A separation or divorce can impact all family members depending on the circumstances. In many cases, it mainly affects the children. Manipulation and lack of respect are the main temptations that no couple should ever resort to. In fact, it’s…

The Stages of Attachment and Bonding

Attachment is a survival mechanism. Some authors even refer to this affectional bond as our “psychological immune system.” Although many theories define and explain attachment, the most important and referential one is John Bowlby’s. According to this psychiatrist and psychoanalyst,…

Feeling Indifferent Toward Your Partner

You make dinner. You sit down to eat with your significant other. You eat together while watching television. You talk about recent eventualities. Then, you drink some water. You look at each other and smile. After that, they tell you…

Commitment in Relationships

Emotional relationships, including family bonds, friendships, and romantic relationships, are very important. They’re all based on love, but what does love really involve? How important is commitment in relationships? Passion, trust, and commitment are three very important aspects of any…

Platonic Love: Are We Using the Wrong Expression?

Have you ever heard of the expression ‘platonic love’? Usually, people use this expression to refer to a person they feel a romantic connection to that is out of their reach. It’s unrequited love which often makes the person fantasize…

A Breakup Doesn’t Mean You Failed

Breakups tend to be painful for everyone involved. However, when you’re on the receiving end, it can be even more difficult for you because you didn’t get a chance to decide. Consequently, you might interpret the breakup as a failure…

What are Growth-Focused Relationships Like?

A lot of people believe that relationships are synonymous with discomfort. This is because, for them, a relationship represents a permanent sacrifice, an uncomfortable place to be in. What is your personal view of a relationship in terms of success and…

Seven Characteristics of People Who Crave Love

People who crave love often do so because they grew up without affection or emotional intimacy. We’re talking about people who need to be held in someone’s arms and hear loving words or have simply never felt affection from those around them.…

The Five Most Common Relationship Conflicts Couples Have

The most common relationship conflicts couples have nowadays are very different from those our grandparents had. Relationships have changed drastically in these last three or four decades. In fact, new sources of conflict have emerged since gender roles and family structures…

Do You Know the Seven Types of Non-Monogamy?

Who said that relationships are only built between two people? Many people have discovered that monogamy isn’t the only option. Thus, terms like ‘relational orientation’ have emerged. It means that just as people are attracted to a certain gender (or…

The Heartbreaking Process of Falling out of Love

Falling out of love refers to that frightening vertigo that results from realizing that the person we love isn’t who we thought they were. Alfred Hitchcock portrayed this feeling all too well in his film Vertigo (1958). Falling out of love…

Why Do We Like Going After Toxic People?

When we leave our self-esteem in the hands of people who enjoy controlling us and exerting their power over us, we may end up feeling like we want it back. Honestly, this is a clear representation of a lack of self-respect.…

The Trap of High Relationship Expectations

Having romantic relationships is really important. But why do a lot of people suffer when they’re in one? The answer to this question may be that a lot of people have high relationship expectations that aren’t met. We all have…

The Story of the Origin of Emotions

There’s no consensus on how this wonderful story of the origin of emotions came about. For some unknown reason, people credited it to Mario Benedetti, but the truth is that he didn’t write it. Others speculate that it’s actually an…

You Made Me Believe in the Mystery of Connection

Life is full of surprises and people who revolutionize our lives. Some call these surprises coincidences, while others call them serendipity, synchronization, or even encounters connected by the red thread of fate. However, they all have one thing in common: the mystery…